Latest Max-AI robotic sorter separates large and bulky bags up to 20 pounds (Video)
The AQC-Flex is the latest in the Max-AI line of robotic sorters from Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). The company is currently training the robotic sorter (as demonstrated in the video above) for a customer who is specifically pulling Durable Compostable Bags (DCB)—up to 20 pounds—from loose and black, bagged material in a presort application. According to Max-AI, the first four Flex units will be working in the field by early 2022.
The Max-AI AQC-Flex is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and up to two robotic sorters, capable of identifying and picking large, bulky objects—including bags by any colour. This robotic sorter is ideal for areas where heavy and/or non-uniform objects are present within a material stream such as pre-sort and post-sort areas in a wide variety of applications.
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